We love Jesus. We love Buddha too.
(and lots of other folks)
Try a different kind of church.
Are you interested in open-minded spiritual community?
We are a friendly, liberal and inclusive church in the heart of Bolton.
To find out more have a look around our website, or join us this Sunday.
SUNDAY SERVICE BEGINS AT 10.45am
Bank Street, Bolton Town Centre, BL1 1TS
Our purpose is
to inspire spiritual journeys
engaging with the world
with open hearts and open minds.
Jesus said love one another. Let's stick to that.
Jesus said love one another.
Love your neighbour. Love your self. Love your God.
What if he actually meant it? What if it's like, that simple?
We love. That's it.
We love our neighbours. We love Muslims. We love gay people. We love atheists. We love immigrants. We love all sorts of people.
And how about we don't make it any more complicated than that? How about we forget about believing impossible things? How about we forget about heaven and hell and rising from the dead and a thousand other things we're supposed to believe? How about we just concentrate on LOVE, and maybe worry about those other things if we have time?
That's what we've decided to do at Bank Street Unitarian Chapel.
We have decided to stick to one commandment: love. And when we get that one right, we'll start worrying about other things.
If you want a religion that cares more about love than doctrine, maybe you could join us.
If you want a religion that is more interested in getting heaven into people than getting people into heaven maybe you could join us.
If you want a religion that keeps things simple, if you want a religion that's committed to the simple idea we should love one another, you're most welcome to join us.
Bank Street Unitarian Chapel
Open Hearts, Open Minds
March's Theme: Equality
There must be more equality established in society, or morality will never gain ground, and this virtuous equality will not rest firmly even when founded on a rock, if one-half of mankind be chained to its bottom by fate.
We live in a vastly unequal society. Some have more money than they could possibly spend while others are struggling to get by day to day. Perhaps this has always been true. Many societies in the past had such vast differences between the rich and the poor. But that does not excuse it. Today we see the ridiculousness of the inequality. By lunchtime on the 3rd of January the UK's top bosses had made more money than the typical UK worker works all year to make. How can that be justified?
But it is not just economic inequality that plagues our society. We also live in a society where women earn considerably less than men and are disturbingly often subject to sexual violence. Racism still rears its ugly face and Muslims are currently being deliberately targeted by the policies of the President of the United States.
It is easy to condemn all these evils of society while feeling like we're above it all. But the fact is that every one of us is caught up with the human obsession of where we are in the "pecking order." It is a human tendency to constantly worry about whether we're "better" or "worse" than those around us. This stuff is bad for the soul as well as bad for society.
The Way of Jesus (that we strongly emphasise as Unitarians) is to know the sacred worth and dignity of every human person. We need to learn to treat both ourselves and others as children of God, because that is what we are. This is the path of spiritual assurance that removes our anxiety about status. It is out of this deep conviction that we are all children of God that we must work towards a world of paradise where inequality is defeated.
In peace and love,
Monthly Themes at Bank Street
At Bank Street Unitarian Chapel we follow a series of monthly spiritual themes, following a three-year cycle. These themes are dimensions of a healthy spiritual life and each month we are able to go deeply into each theme in worship, education and discussion. We follow the following themes: